National Hockey League

Sweden edges Finland to reach gold medal game

Sochi, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Sweden will play for men's hockey Olympic gold again.

Erik Karlsson snapped a second-period tie with a power-play goal and Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves to lead the Swedes to a 2-1 victory over Finland in Friday's first semifinal.

Loui Eriksson also scored for the Swedes, who will await the winner of Friday's second semifinal between the United States and Canada in Sunday's gold medal game.

Sweden previously won Olympic gold in 1994 and 2006. The 2006 title also came at the expense of Friday's opponent, Finland, which has still never won Olympic gold and will play for a bronze medal on Saturday.

Olli Jokinen scored for Finland, which was without goaltender Tuukka Rask because of an illness. Kari Lehtonen got the start for the Finns and turned aside 23 shots in defeat.

02/21 09:24:53 ET

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